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#MeToo: trailblazing female ex-MPs weigh in on what needs to change on the Hill

By Shruti Shekar      

Former Liberal MP Sheila Copps says Bill C-65 and the MP code of conduct is a necessary human resources package that will have a 'deep impact' on how sexual harassment will be dealt with in the future.

Former MPs, from left, Liberals Mary Clancy and Sheila Copps, Progressive Conservative Pat Carney, and New Democrat Dawn Black, say the way the government is handling sexual harassment and harassment complaints is better than when they were in office, but a proper, fair process should be codified. The Hill Times file photographs

Female former MPs say the current approach the government and federal parties are taking to deal with the Hill’s harassment and the sexual misconduct problem is far better than during their tenure when issues were ignored or swept under the rug, but they say any new system to deal with complaints—which will continue because “biology has not changed”—must be fair and non-partisan.

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